“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots… but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.”Isaiah 31:1
In Old Testament times, Egypt was a powerful nation whom others would pay to go to war on their behalf. Judah, too, looked to Egypt to defend itself against Assyria. But God alone was to be Judah’s defender.
Jesus changes everything for a Christian looking to find his or her way in this world. What may seem like viable options for others are not available to us when we bow to the King of kings. Others may choose to cut corners in school or cheat on their taxes, but we cannot. Some will make careers of offering products or services that would dishonor the name of Christ, but we may not. Plenty of people use questionable sales and marketing tactics and alluring but misleading advertisements. Again, we ought not. “But among you there must not be even a hint of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3).
Our God is not bankrupt or weak. He is not limited in His provision for us. Look to Him for your needs, not to the “Egypt” of the world’s ways. He will provide!
One way we grow more mature in the Lord is by counseling ourselves in hard times, recalling past times of God’s faithfulness to us.